Blackbird Fly Into the Light of the Dark Black Night

by Daniel Foster

Twas beauty that killed the beasts: Holiday fireworks displays in Arkansas spooked thousands of sleeping blackbirds from their perches, sending the poor night-fliers careening into homes and cars, where they died of blunt force trauma.

That’s the conclusion of a mass autopsy performed by the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison Wisconsin.

UPDATE: A reader writes, astutely:

Not to get all pedantic on you but the ghost of WFB says…Autopsies are done on humans; necropsies are done on animals.